It’s that time of year again! It’s June 16th, which means it is time for friends, neighbors, Joyce enthusiasts, and curious passersbys to join together for Bloomsday hosted by the Rosenbach Museum & Library to celebrate the day on which James Joyce’s famed protagonist Leopold Bloom made his fictional odyssey through Dublin in Ulysses! In anticipation of rain in today’s forecast, the Rosenbach, home of the original manuscript of Joyce’s classic novel, will be hosting the annual Philadelphia tradition at Trinity Center for Urban Life at 22nd & Spruce Streets.
Stop by between noon and 7 p.m. tonight to hear some of Philadelphia’s most notable personalities read from Ulysses, including Mayor Nutter, Nobel Prize-winner Baruch Samuel Blumberg, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center Ann Ewers, Director of the Rosenbach Derick Dreher, and the former Associate Director of the Rosenbach, currently with the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, Mike Barsanti, among others.
Mike Barsanti, who will be reading immediately following Mayor Nutter at 3:20 p.m., is the founding partner of Throwaway Horse, the company developing the online comic book version of Ulysses, ulyssesseen.com, for which Mike is also an editor. This year, on the brink of Bloomsday, ulyssesseen.com has found itself in the midst of a censorship battle with Apple over the comic’s iPad app. To read up on the developing controversy, check out the articles recently featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker.